Modi government launches initiative for energy conservation with LED bulbs

The Narendra Modi government is promoting energy conservation seriously.

Furthering his government's aim to conserve energy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scheme for LED bulb distribution under the domestic efficient lighting programme in Delhi; and a National Programme for LED-based Home and Street Lighting.

The Prime Minister also symbolically replaced a bulb in South Block, with an LED bulb. Replacement of all bulbs in South Block with LED bulbs will enable savings of 7000 units of energy each month, said a government press release.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister called for making energy conservation through the spread of LED bulbs, a people's movement. He noted that it is much more economical to conserve power, than to produce power. However, he added, it is much more difficult to conserve power, than to produce power, because while one producing entity can produce a large quantity of power, it requires the active participation of crores of people to conserve that amount of power. Therefore, he called for generating awareness among people for the same. He called for extensive involvement of celebrities and eminent citizens in these programmes, who could motivate people to adopt LED bulbs.

Modi described the LED bulb as a 'Prakash Path' - 'a way to light', as he launched the scheme. The Prime Minister said these programmes also represent a challenge to manufacturers, to rise to the occasion, and produce LED bulbs without any compromise on quality.

Suggesting innovative ways to generate awareness and spread the message of energy efficiency, Modi said gifts such as diaries and calendars on New Year should be replaced by gifts of LEDs. Companies could distribute LED bulbs along with dividend payments, he suggested.

The initiative is part of the government's efforts to spread the message of energy efficiency in the country. LED bulbs have a very long life, almost 50 times more than ordinary bulbs, and 8-10 times that of CFLs, and therefore provide both energy and cost savings in the medium term.

Modi also launched a web-based system to enable consumers in Delhi to register requests for procuring LED bulbs under Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP). Consumers can register either through the programme website (eeslindia.org/Delhi-Launch) or by sending an SMS to a designated number.

LED bulbs shall be distributed in a phased manner from March 2015 onwards. The entire project of installing LED bulbs for domestic and street-lighting in 100 cities is targeted for completion by March 2016.

Courtesy IndiaTomorrow.Co

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